Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has contracted with Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. to produce a RoHS-compliant laptop that will be available in Wal-Mart's U.S. stores this spring. The move is part of Wal-Mart's goal of "offering sustainable products at affordable prices." The retailers have formed a collaborative group, Sustainable Value Networks, which brings together Wal-Mart, environmental organizations, suppliers and academicians in an effort to find ways to incorporate products and processes into the retail supply chain that are deemed sustainable.
The Toshiba-produced Satellite A55-S1064 includes a 1.60-GHz INTEL Celeron processor 380, 512 Mbyte DDR2 memory, 40 Gbyte hard drive and a 15-inch TruBrite display. It will be priced in most markets at less than $700.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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